Metal Cutting

Material removal through cutting, turning, milling, drilling, grinding, tapping and more using machinery such as laser cutting systems, plasma cutting systems, oxyfuel cutting systems, milling machines, drill presses, lathes, horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, turning centers, multitasking machines, electrical discharge machines and other equipment assisted by Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer Numerical Control (CNC), automation and robotics.

The Machine Tool Goes Digital

As digital and virtual simulation optimize its mechanical, control and networking capabilities, the machine tool of the future will be redefined as a functional node in the broader network of the Internet of Things.
Experts
Automation/Robotics

New Dimensions in Flexible Manufacturing Systems

In today’s demanding environment, this shop proves how automation has never had so much potential to transform a business.
CAD/CAM Software

Precision Grinding With Graphical Monitoring

The special controls used by thread grinding machine tool builder Mikromat keeps their machines simple to operate as they get faster and more precise to meet complex aviation, aerospace, marine and automobile applications.
Drilling Machines

Under the Hood: Automotive Machining

New powertrain components. More sensors and electronics parts. Increasing part complexity. Difficult to cut materials. Faster delivery. How do automotive suppliers navigate to profitability through this stormy sea of lightweighting and driverless cars? 
Gear Cutting Machines

Gear Production: Higher Speed, Closer Precision

Automated threaded wheel grinding on gear production machines has now been boosted by an order of magnitude with increased machining accuracy to DIN class 3.
Grinding Machines

Gear Hobbers and Control Migration

This is the story of how Bourn & Koch upgraded its older gear hobbers to advanced CNC systems to machine large bull and cluster gears, worms, shafts, splines and pinions for the defense and aerospace, oil/gas drilling, mining, heavy equipment and power generation industries.
Honing Machines

Honing: A Winning Finish

From start to finish, the honing mastery of Nick Ferri is behind 57 national event NHRA Pro Stock victories and five championships, including back-to-back titles for 2015 champion Erica Enders-Stevens.
Horizontal Machining Centers

Flying High: Aerospace Machine Tools

Competition can be brutal in the aerospace supply chain. To help your shop stay competitive on job bidding, these new machines can hit your bottom line by saving more time and labor, processing ever more complex parts quicker and more accurately – and doing it all with less of that extremely expensive material.
Laser Cutting

Micromachining: No More Constraints

The latest femtosecond laser technology from Raydiance can reduce cost per part by 20 percent to 50 percent and reduce product design, prototyping and development from months to as little as 24 hours.
Lathes

Heavy Machining for Even Heavier Lifting

This heavy duty lathe removes an amazing 600 kg of material from a 1,400 kg solid steel billet in less than 4.5 hours, leaving a finished and fully machined cylinder body weighing only 800 kg.
Machine Controls

Managing the Perfect Storm

As automation and IT enter more prominently into plant operations, the education that the manufacturing segment of our society provides for our current and future workforce will impact the viability of industry in America for generations to come.
Milling Machines

How to Win at Titanium Machining

Machine builder Fives Cincinnati discovers how an innovative spindle connection key can achieve new levels of metal removal on industry-leading “super-profiler” operations.
Multitasking Machines

Shoot from the Hip

This orthopedics manufacturer achieves one hit machining in an automated lights-out environment using advanced turn-mill machines that take their custom implants for coated hip replacement to a whole new efficiency.
Ram EDM Machines

A Hole New Game: Precision EDM Holemaking Goes Smaller, Deeper and Faster

While hole-popper systems are quite capable of generating very small accurate holes with good surface quality, advanced EDM drilling systems dramatically increase a shop’s capability to consistently produce tiny holes that are even more accurate and with higher quality.
Software

Welcome to the Internet of Things

On this playing field, anything that can be connected, will be connected. Those who can adapt to connecting will thrive. Those who can’t, well . . .
Vertical Machining Centers

Getting Better All the Time

The eye-opening story of how one vertical machining center renovated a small machine shop that makes prototypes and runs small batches for electronics, aerospace, glass and industrial printing applications.
Wire EDM Machines

Soft Wired: Cutting High Taper Angles with Wire EDM

The ability to accurately and efficiently machine taper cuts using soft wire has opened up new areas of opportunity for moldmakers in aerospace, medical, electronics and other applications. Here are some ways to overcome the challenges faced when cutting high taper angles. 
Metal Cutting: Products

Turbo Powered Tools Grind, Mill and Polish the Deepest Recesses of Narrow Pipes

The LRC 20 hand tool from Suhner can be bent through 45 deg to grind, mill and polish the leading edges and corners of impellers or the insides of narrow pipes that previously could be accessed only with great difficulty. (view one)
The LRC 20 hand tool from Suhner grinds, mills and polishs the leading edges and corners of impellers or the insides of narrow pipes that previously could be accessed only with great difficulty.

Next Generation Technology for Drilling Pipe

For pipe drilling and hole cutting, the MagDrill Disrupter 30 from Magswitch/Euroboor uses a uniquely flexible drill base for a superior grip on flat and round pipe outer and pipe inner surfaces a little over two inches in diameter,

Medical Machining: Machine Tools

The F-Series vertical machining center from Makino provides stiffness and rigidity for chatter-free cutting, agility for high-speed /hard-milling and accuracies for tight tolerance blends and matches typical of complex, 3D contoured geometry associated with medical production.
Take a closer look at some of the newest equipment that can help contract manufacturers meet the machining, micro machining, and laser processing demands for smaller and more complex surgical implants, orthotic devices and medical instruments that are being made from newer materials – and still hold their costs down.